Company History

In 1957, Richard Kralovetz started with a truck and a plan to purchase and recycle batteries on the West Coast.

midwest_steel-gbush-fullOver the next 10 years, Richard developed a reputation for integrity and fair dealing that earned him contracts to purchase all types of scrap metal from oil and gas, defense and aerospace industries in California and Arizona. Soon his clients were asking Richard to also handle their dismantling and demolition requirements, and in 1968 Midwest Steel Company was born.

Over the following twenty years, Midwest Steel grew and expanded its range of operations across the United States, providing dismantling and demolition services to all of the major oil, gas and petrochemical companies. With a proven track record for superior performance and maximum prices for scrap metal, our clients called upon Midwest Steel again – to develop outlets for surplus equipment with potential for reuse. Soon Midwest Steel Company became a major player in the used equipment business, purchasing a 20-acre yard in Houston and hiring an experienced equipment sales force. In the process, Midwest Steel earned an even greater share of the demolition market sector by paying its customers highest prices for scrap metal and surplus equipment.

As a logical extension to its plant dismantling and used equipment business, Midwest Steel also responded to the requests of its customers as an outlet for sales of complete plants, including a complete oil refinery and a huge DuPont ammonia plant that currently operates in Yinchuan, China.

As an unexpected consequence from its success in selling complete plants, Midwest Steel also developed a niche dismantling plants for relocation. Each year, we dismantle several plants for being relocated by our customers or their engineering consultants, cryogenic gas plants, oil and gas facilities, chemical process units and fertilizer plants that we have already dismantled during the first 3 months of 2015.

Richard Kralovetz retired in 1997 and turned the reins over to his daughter, Tammy Horton, who still runs the day to day operations of Midwest Steel. Tammy faithfully followed her father’s business plan, and in the subsequent 18 years, she and her staff haze earned dozens of commendations, national top 20 ranking, international recognition, and preferred contractor status for dozens of the world’s leading industrial corporations.

To this day, Midwest Steel continues to evolve. In these times of heightened security, our customers needed a contractor to purchase all of the scrap metal generated by maintenance, operations and capital projects. But unlike conventional scrap metal buyers, they needed a company who could supply not only containers and trucks but also workers and drivers with specific training, who have passed stringent background checks.  With its unique set of attributes Midwest Steel was a perfect fit, and we currently service scrap metal programs at a 327,000 barrel-per-day refinery, offshore and port facilities and several petrochemical plants along the Gulf of Mexico.

Midwest Steel attributes much of its success to a continuous improvement process that focuses on providing the services our customers need, with performance and pricing that are unmatched. As a result, Midwest Steel has become a sole-source provider for many of our clients, and over 98% of our projects are performed for repeat customers.